Pirates sign veteran catcher Rod Barajas

Rob Biertempfel
| Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

The Pirates moved fast to find a starting catcher and today signed veteran Rod Barajas to a one-year, $4 million contract. The deal includes a $3.5 million club option for 2013 with no buyout.

"They were very aggressive and definitely showed they wanted me to be part of their team," Barajas said.

The Pirates needed to find a new starting catcher after declining the contract options for Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit.

"There's no question there was a limited market, free agent-wise," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We determined our best course of action was to be aggressive with a guy we wanted. Rod likes the fit, we like the fit, and we were able to get it done."

Barajas, 36, last season hit .230 with 16 homers in 98 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks (1999-2003), Texas Rangers (2004-06), Philadelphia Phillies (2007), Toronto Blue Jays (2008-09) and the New York Mets (2010).

Only twice in his 13-year career has Barajas played in 120 or more games. Huntington said either Jason Jaramillo or Michael McKenry will likely be the backup catcher.

"I feel like I can catch 120 games, maybe even a little bit more," Barajas said.

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